July-Dec 2005 plan

Paddy Ashdown’s diaries reveal that he would take time every six months as party leader to write down his thoughts about what his priorities were for the next six months, and it’s a habit I’ve adopted. This is my report back on my January plan with notes for what I hope for the next six months.

Career planning: An unexpected development in February when I discovered that an acquaintance was setting up his own outfit. He’s keen to have me on board but still needs resources. Meanwhile I applied for an NGO job I didn’t really want and therefore didn’t get it. Will continue putting in my CV for lobbying work as and when it appears, and also keep an eye open for the next concours, but Plan A for the moment is to join up with this new organisation as their Brussels office.

Family: The somewhat unexpected happened in that Ursula also turns out to have an autistic spectrum disorder. We cope as best we can; anyway she will start at the same school as Bridget in September. We have at least managed to get into a routine of watching DVD’s together each evening, and the US trip in May went well. The next big thing is the three-week break in Ireland in August.

Work: Published five of the six reports from field offices I had hoped for (an the sixth is basically ready), but only one of the four from non-field offices, indeed only one of the five because Cyprus was a new addition to the list. I should hope to polish off the non-field office reports over the summer, and then never allow myself to be suckered into commissioning another one. Then for the rest of the second half of the year it should be possible again to have two more reports from each field office.

Elections site: Am still trogging through the necessary updates after the May elections. The current uncertainty about the future of the site’s present electronic home is something I’ll have to react to. While it would obviously make most sense for it to remain in QUB, or failing that in Ireland, I have to consider also whether that is the best move from my own career point of view; perhaps I should start looking for a US university willing to do the hosting, one which might perhaps have more resources.

Reading: I set my goals for general reading hereCrime and Punishment, The Trial, The Snow Queen, Foundation’s Edge, The Wanderer and Dangerous VisionsDon Quixote and Little Women, and then see if anything catches my eye out of The Brothers Karamazov, Catcher in the Rye, In Search of Lost, Mrs Dalloway, Things Fall Apart or The Tin Drum. On the sf reading list, I’ve expanded it a bit by adding the Nebula winners, so the full list of sf I’d like to read (and will be on the lookout to buy in Glasgow) is A Clockwork Orange, The Space Merchants, A Princess of Mars, City, Babel-17, Tau Zero, Grey Lensman, Again Dangerous Visions, The Female Man, Last and First Men, Deathbird, Dhalgren, Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Rite of Passage, A Time of Changes, The Falling Woman, The Healer’s War, Stations of the Tide, Moving Mars, and just possibly The Terminal Experiment.

Other sf: I managed to attend a First Thursday, and if my work is going to be a bit more London-based in future I may do it again. This year’s sf convention will be the WorldCon, travel and accommodation already booked. Wrote up Gonna Roll the Bones for my website, next is Grotto of the Dancing Deer. Need to start thinking about if I try to get to an sf con next year, and if so which.

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1 Response to July-Dec 2005 plan

  1. inuitmonster says:

    If you have never actually got round to reading proper P&P, P&P&Z makes for an entertaining gallop, with metatextual fun as you try to guess where the joins are. But otherwise, this book must be cursed as the progenitor of endless streams of shite.

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